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The Silk Road Back to Leviathan?

Does Dread Pirate Roberts’s fate destroy the dream of justice without the state?

MARCH 25, 2015 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

In evaluating stateless experiments like Silk Road, we have to ask, "As compared with what?" Certainly not an ideal. Try comparing Ross Ulbricht with Richard Nixon in Indochina.

The Tasted and the Untasted

What a common cold teaches us about economics and life

MARCH 24, 2015 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

Everyone else was raving about the chowder. I could only experience it vicariously.

By the Power Vested in Us

Confessions of a freedom bride

MARCH 23, 2015 by ALYSON HUDNALL

Marriage falls within our right of association, and the state should not be able to hold it hostage.

Filthy Stinking Profits

Entrepreneurs have a nose for potential

MARCH 18, 2015 by DANIEL J. SMITH, ZAC THOMPSON

Perhaps no one exemplifies taking the risky and difficult path to improving others' lives more than the skunk-oil entrepreneur.

Bureaucracy Unlimited

“Enforcement creep” frees government to grow unchecked

MARCH 17, 2015 by NICOLE KARDELL

Big government has found a way to legislate without law by shaking down companies.

Effecting Change Outside the Law

4 things more important than the written code

MARCH 16, 2015 by JOSEPH S. DIEDRICH

The written law barely matters. Human action dwarfs inanimate words.

Are Markets Myopic?

The illusion of government looking out for the long term

MARCH 11, 2015 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

Markets contain sophisticated mechanisms for rewarding long-term stewardship; democratic political institutions encourage extremely short-term thinking.

How the Education System Destroys Social Networks

Why do we settle for such an unnatural, inorganic plan?

MARCH 10, 2015 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

We have grown accustomed to a series of episodic upheavals that are a consequence of a centrally planned education system.

Decentralization: Why Dumb Networks Are Better

The smart choice is innovation at the edge

MARCH 04, 2015 by ANDREAS ANTONOPOULOS

"Dumb" networks are the smart choice for innovation and freedom.

Unemployment Benefits: The Government Gets What It Pays For

Have the perverse incentives been proved?

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

The surprisingly robust growth in the US economy in 2014 may have been due to the late 2013 decision by Congress to cease extensions of unemployment benefits. When the federal government stopped sending checks to people who remained unemployed, more of them found work.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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